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Au Violon

Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland (Altstadt)
0041 61 269 87 11
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Ranked #72 of 415 Restaurants in Basel
Price range: $22 - $44
Cuisines: European, French, Fusion
Neighborhood: Altstadt
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
United States
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Went here for a business dinner. It was a quiet night in the restaurant. The service was good. The Menu had some nice fall options including apples, chestnuts, and pumpkin. The food was good but not extraordinary. I would go back again.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Experienced a lovely lunch at Au Violon during a recent business trip to Basel. Set in a beautiful location in the city the food matched the ambience and would thoroughly recommend paying a visit when you are in the city. I had the Rib Eye which was cooked to perfection. They do love fries at Au Violon and I probably... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Service is good but not extraordinary, food is good but gets boring once you end up here for the second time. Good for business meals where you want a good but not extravagant place.

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Washington DC
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Wonderful food, helpful service, prices -- well, this is Switzerland after all (about $100 per person all in all). Reservations are a must, even during the week.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Were taken here for dinner with friends. Found the menu to be somewhat limited and found it a bit difficult to choose. None of the items totally grabbed me. Chose soup, beef tartare, braised beef and a chicken dish. Friends said tartare was great as well as chicken. The beef dish was very tender and tasty, mashed potato not to... More

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Bâle, Suisse
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Apparently a young new head chef and a new director in this nice and charming establishment. It was first time we were visiting this place with my friends but we will comin back! Fine and delicious dishes as Black cod on leek fondue with safran patatoes and bouillabaise sauce. Amazing fresh taste from south of France ! Service was really... More

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Zuerich
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

See my seperate report. One night and lots of fun in a what used to be a prison cell, and that doesn`t go back so many years either.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Many have already offered good reviews, and I'll gladly join them. On a nice summer day, most, if not all guests, are seated outside, next to a large, old fountain, under shady trees, with a view of old-town roofs, a church and the gate that once led to this former prison (from which apparently quite a few managed to escape).... More

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ascona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Was invited by a friend whilst visiting Basel. The ART Basel was taking place that week, so getting a reservation for two was difficult. We arrived early and the ART visitors had not arrived yet. The fish we ordered was very good and wine too, but then the groups of 6-8 persons per table arrived and we could forget about... More

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Basel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Visited the place with some clients from Mexico. Although the setting in the Altstadt could eventually be great, the interior is clearly dated. The restaurant has a good name in Basel and therefore must have an international clientele, but the waiters can hardly help anyone in another language than Swiss German or French (but there are menus in English). Furthermore... More

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